Teen Tackles Brain Cancer

Teen Tackles Brain Cancer

When a tough tackle left Jovan, 13, with a concussion during a school football game in fall 2017, his mother Twana rushed him to their local emergency department. A CAT scan, however, suggested something larger may be at play.

That’s when Jovan and his family were sent to Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, where an MRI confirmed Jovan had a brain tumor. Tadanori Tomita, MD, Head of Neurosurgery at Lurie Children’s, met with Jovan and Twana and explained that Jovan would need surgery to drain fluid from the tumor to shrink it in size. Jovan also underwent several rounds of chemotherapy, as well as radiation therapy five times a week for four weeks.

After seven months of treatment, Jovan was officially declared cancer-free.

To Twana, the team of experts at Lurie Children’s not only saved her son’s life—they helped to maintain the quality of his life during his toughest times. “Everybody is very supportive, helpful, getting questions answered,” she said. “They call and check on him. I love the people at the hospital.”

Lurie Children’s Brain Tumor Center offers highly specialized, state-of the-art care for children with brain tumors​, the most common solid tumor diagnosed in children. The center is designed specifically to treat children with brain and central nervous system tumors.

Lurie Children’s is ranked 8th in the nation in Neurology & Neurosurgery and 12th in the nation in Cancer by U.S.News & World Report.


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